By Sabrina Westfall
The Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library has grown their genealogy department that started with a local woman.
Library director Debbie Kean said the single room, information packed department started with the help of the late Carol Hulen.
“We are blessed to have such a host of volumes from practically every county in the state, as well as from various states,” Kean said.
The collection of local genealogy information was started following Hulen’s daughter, Peggy Rollins, sparking an interest, Kean said.
Kean said there is information compiled of Bicknell and Knox County families.
“Carol put together a lot of these folders and helped people get started. We’ve got a lot of volumes in everything from just a paper folder to a binder … to a hardbound book,” Kean said.
The genealogy department also features a series of books filled with obituaries from all over the state up to the 1980s.
“The trustee’s office supplied cemetery records and maps,” Kean added.
She added Hulen put together the information given into an index.
“Mrs. Hulen, before she passed away, she made a two-book index of what used to be the Oddfellows Cemetery, which is now the Memorial Cemetery in Bicknell,” Kean said. “It was all handwritten, then Peggy, her daughter, typed it up.”
In addition, the library has a microfilm machine to allow patrons to look at newspapers from back to the 1920s.
The Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library is also host to the Hoosier Historian group, which was started by Hulen in 1991.